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2019 Bugatti Divo unveiled at Monterey Car Week

By Chris Thompson, 25 Aug 2018 News

2019 Bugatti Divo unveiled at Monterey Car Week

Divo is more corner-focused than high-speed sibling Chiron

After much teasing, Bugatti has finally revealed its newest model, the Bugatti Divo, to the world.

The Divo is to be a more corner-focused car than Bugatti’s previous vehicles, which have been primarily known for breaking top speed records.

Chiron hits 400km/h in 32.6 seconds

With the top speed of the Divo limited to 380km/h, the Divo will rely on its improved downforce and handling characteristics to impress.

Bugatti claims the Divo is 35kg lighter than the 1995kg Chiron. But with 90kg more downforce, increased camber, the ability to cop 1.6g of lateral acceleration, and over 1100kW, the Divo is a more dynamic machine than the Chiron.

Bugatti says the lap time difference between the two at the 12.5km Nardò circuit in Italy is eight seconds in the Divo’s favour.

Bugatti Divo rear

Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann says it was clear customers needed something with ‘significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility and cornering.’

“When I took up my position at Bugatti at the beginning of the year, I soon learnt that our customers and fans were waiting for a special vehicle which would tell a further story for the brand in addition to the Chiron. The Bugatti team was also very eager to implement a project like this.”

Named for Albert Divo, a driver who won the treacherous Targa Florio for Bugatti in 1928 and 1929, the Divo has had its aerodynamics, chassis, and suspension redesigned to suit a different, less linear, style of driving.

Bugatti Divo interior

“To date, a modern Bugatti has represented a perfect balance between high performance, straight-line dynamics and luxurious comfort,” Winkelmann says.

We drive the ballistic Bugatti Chiron

“Within our possibilities, we have shifted the balance in the case of the Divo further towards lateral acceleration, agility and cornering. The Divo is made for bends.

Bugatti Divo engine

“The feedback from our customers was overwhelming. We showed the Divo to a small group of selected Chiron customers. All 40 cars were sold immediately.”

Bugatti says the Divo was priced at €5 million per unit, though we doubt anyone paid the base price for such a limited-edition vehicle. Sorry if you wanted one.